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The Art of Science

John Kean, Museum Victoria, $50.00

Among Museum Victoria’s collection are extraordinary works of art from what were called “paper museums” depicting Australian animals and plants in an era when photography was not an option. The best of these have been collected in The Art of Science, including works by giants such as Audubon and Gould.

Black Swan Lake: Life of a Wetland

Rod Giblett, Footprint, $68.00

A/Prof Rod Giblett of Edith Cowan University moved to Forrestdale Lake in south-western Australia in 1986. He kept a nature journal tracing the birth and death of plants and animals in the local wetlands, along with a calendar charting the seasonal water levels. Black Swan Lake uses these recordings, but also seeks to learn from the six seasons described by the local indigenous peoples.

The Exotic Booze Club

Brian Armstrong, Pier 9, $27.99

Brian Armstrong dreamed of becoming a photographer from the age of seven, and grew up to make documentaries in some of the most remote and dangerous parts of the world. He has plenty of stories of his own, from lakes of acid to a helicopter crash, but against his employer’s policy he established “The Exotic Booze Club”, where filmmakers and explorers could share tales of how they obtained the footage from which so much of the...

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